If you were recently arrested for a DUI in Orange County, there is one thing you need to know, RIGHT NOW:
The DMV will suspend you driver's license from four months to four years depending on priors and other aggravating facts unless you take immediate action!
The Temporary License that you got at the time of your release from jail in place of your Real Driver's License is confusing, has a lot of fine print, and many people don't even bother to read it. Hidden in the text it says that you MUST CONTACT THE DMV WITHIN 10 DAYS OF YOUR ARREST AND REQUEST A HEARING TO CONTEST THE SUSPENSION OF YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE. If you make a timely request, the suspension of your license will be stayed until the final determination of your case by the DMV. You also have the RIGHT TO APPEAL a decision against you to a REAL JUDGE, not a DMV hearing officer.
If you are going to hire an attorney, do so prior to contacting DMV. Your attorney will be able to push your hearing date back, to ensure that you are prepared for your DMV case. Furthermore, your attorney will need to coordinate your hearing date with your defense in Court. If you are approaching the 10 day limit, call the DMV immediately to request an in-person hearing and advise them that your attorney will be contacting them to set up a date. Request a stay and take note of the person you speak with. You must request a hearing through a Driver Safety Office; do not call a DMV Field Office.
DMV CASES CAN BE WON. Many people think that if their blood or breath test was 0.08% or more they will automatically lose their license. THIS IS NOT TRUE. There are many technical/scientific defenses including the failure to strictly comply with the California Code of Regulations, which can and do result in suspensions being set aside. Our Office has focused on finding systematic failures of government agencies to follow the rules set forth in Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations which has resulted in successful challenges to DMV suspensions in a majority of our cases over the last ten years.
An Attorney who specializes in DUI Defense can also guide you through the process in ways that will, at least, reduce any suspension imposed by 50-75%.
For more information, click on the next link - What are the Punishments and Penalties for a DUI?
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